Following Their Voices (FTV) is an initiative designed to raise the educational achievement and participation of Saskatchewan's First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. It focuses on enhancing relationships between students and teachers, creating structures and supports for teachers and school administrators to co-construct teaching and learning interactions with students and creating safe, well-managed learning environments. FTV is based on research that was conducted with First Nations and Métis engaged and non-engaged students, parents/caregivers, teachers and school administrators about what is needed in order to be successful as a First Nations or Métis student in school.
Northwest School Division is proud to have all schools in Meadow Lake participate in Following Their Voices. Jubilee Elementary School, Lakeview Elementary School, Gateway Middle School, Jonas Samson Middle School, Carpenter High School and Transition Place Education Centre are all utilizing the FTV initiative to improve outcomes for their First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.
On this page we will share the successes and highlights of the initiative.
For more information on Following Their Voices, visit the FTV provincial website.
Gateway Middle School
Gateway Middle School hosted Charlie Conner and his dogsled team in January. The students had a blast learning about the Indigenous history of dog sledding, and everyone got a chance to experience it with Charlie’s guidance.
Once back in the classroom, students were put into groups and rotated around the room, answering questions about dog sledding on pieces of paper. This activity is called the Carousel and is highlighted in the Following Their Voices High Impact Practices module.
Student Voice: “There has been a big difference in what is being taught about Indigenous culture compared to earlier years. I have enjoyed the Indigenous experiences like dog sledding, because it helps me connect to my culture.”
Mr. Connolly in 5B at Gateway Middle School has been working hard at including more Indigenous content into his classroom by writing the date in both Cree and Dene everyday! Here’s what his students have to say about his efforts:
“When Mr. Connolly writes in Cree and Dene it makes me feel included, because I can speak some Cree.” – Kihew
“When Mr. Connolly writes the date in Cree and Dene, it makes me feel happy, because my family speaks Cree and I want to speak more Cree.” -Sophia
“When Mr. Connolly writes in Cree and Dene it makes me feel happy, because I can look at it and guess what it says, and I can go back to my dad and tell him about what I learned.” -Skylar
“When Mr. Connolly writes in Cree and Dene it makes me feel happy, because I’m glad he is putting in effort to learn different cultures.” -Gabby
“When Mr. Connolly writes in Cree and Dene it makes me feel good, because I’m Cree and my grandparents are Cree.” -Kayden
“I feel happy when Mr. Connolly writes in Cree and Dene, because he is acknowledging other cultures.” -Luke